No more needle sticks

May 3, 2010
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Globe Medical Tech, Inc., has received a 2010 Medical Design Excellence Award for its FreeVac Vacuum-Operated Auto-Retractable Safety Syringe, a new patented safety syringe that uses vacuum force to retract the used needle into the barrel of the syringe after an injection is administered. This syringe is intended to replace conventional syringes and reduce the possibility of needle stick injuries. Globe also won in 2008 for its design and manufacturing work on the POWR Syringe, a handheld device that adds mechanical advantages to injecting, monitoring, and aspirating fluids.

The Medical Design Excellence Awards competition (
www.MDEAwards.com), organized and presented by Canon Communications LLC (Los Angeles), is the only awards program that exclusively recognizes contributions and advances in the design of medical products. Entries are evaluated on the basis of their design and engineering features, including innovative use of materials, user-related functions that improve healthcare delivery and change traditional medical attitudes or practices, features that provide enhanced benefits to the patient, and the ability of the product development team to overcome design and engineering challenges so that the product meets its clinical objectives.